Who says you can’t have beer and bacon for brunch? We certainly wouldn’t. That’s why we decided to celebrate the season with a little Irish-inspired brunch. Of course, the perfect beer to give our brunch a boozy note from the Emerald Isle is Guinness – and the perfect brunch item for our tipsy experiment? Waffles, of course. And what makes waffles (and just about anything) better? That’s right. Bacon!
Now we wouldn’t want you thinking that we went and got all fershnickered before lunch, but there’s something downright naughty about the prospect of spiking your brunch (mimosa, anyone?). And since we like to get naughty once in a while, we had no qualms about cracking open a can of Guinness and pouring it into our waffle batter (okay, not the whole can… just a half cup will do ya!).
This isn’t the first time we’ve made, and posted a waffle recipe (see our Sunshine Waffles recipe here), but it is the first time we’ve added a bit of alcohol to them. The results were rather unexpected. The Guinness helped produce a waffle that was crunchier on the outside and the flavour was induced with potato undertones. We both thought they were really delicious and as Mae suggested: it gives us another reason to buy Guinness – for baking!
We also decided to dice up cooked bacon bits and add them to the batter. We’re really glad we did because the mild potato and bacon flavours really paired well together. We topped ours with butter and a generous amount of Canadian maple syrup. Absolutely delicious!
Here’s what you’ll need to make my wife’s Stout Your Engine Beer and Bacon Waffles:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- 1¼ cup whole milk
- ½ cup Guinness Stout
- ½ cup vegetable oil
- 2 eggs, separated
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup cooked and diced bacon bits
- Separate egg whites and set aside.
- Beat yolks until smooth. Add oil and milk. Blend.
- Add Guiness and vanilla and stir until well blended.
- Mix dry ingredients (flour, baking powder/soda, salt, sugar) in separate bowl. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and thoroughly combine.
- Beat egg white until stiff peaks form. Fold egg whites into batter.
- Stir in diced bacon bits.
- Drop approximately 1 cup of batter onto preheated and ungreased waffle iron. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from heat and serve with butter and Canadian maple syrup.
Makes approximately four (4) large waffles.
Gregg & Mae